Joseph Siravo, best known for his roles in “The Sopranos” and “Jersey Boys,” died Sunday, Fox News confirmed. He was 66 years old.
The effervescent artist, who passed his knowledge on to others as an interim coach, has died following a “courageous” battle with colon cancer, his family reported to the New York Post on Monday.
Siravo portrayed Tony Soprano’s father in frequent flashbacks to the mob boss’ childhood in the 1960s during his stint on the HBO series, which was widely regarded as one of the best TV shows of its time. , whatever the genre.
A method actor of sorts, Siravo’s other television roles include “For Life,” “Law & Order,” “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” and “The Blacklist”. He has also appeared on Broadway productions like “The Light in the Piazza” for which Siravo has collaborated twice with Tony Award winning director Bartlett Sher. More recently, Siravo also starred in “Oslo”.
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Siravo’s off-Broadway credits are a showcase of his performance lineup and include “Mad Forest” and “Up Against the Wind” (both at the New York Theater Workshop) and “Dark Rapture” and “Gemini” (both at Second Stage).
Theresa and Mario’s son Siravo also landed more than 2,000 performances as gangster Gyp DeCarlo on the US hit musical ‘Jersey Boys’ flagship tour, which began in 2006.
His family told the Post that Siravo “had a love and passion for Shakespeare” and “received rave reviews for his portrayal of” Claudius “in the Long Wharf Theater production of” Hamlet “in 2004”.
Not to mention, “in addition to his work at NYU, he was also a coach, mentor and teacher of Shakespeare’s canon,” his family added.
Many of Siravo’s “Sopranos” teammates have taken to social media to mourn his death and celebrate the actor.
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“Oh no! He was so awesome!” tweeted Stevie Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante in the iconic series. “Deep love and condolences to his family. Great loss.”
Actor Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher on the show, echoed his co-star’s sentiment in a touching Instagram post.
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“Joe was a great actor and a wonderful guy and he will be sorely missed,” Imperioli wrote. “His performance [as] Johnny Boy Soprano was perfect and he also did a perfect John Gotti in Nick Sandow’s “The Wannabe”. In my opinion he was the best of all the actors who played the Teflon Don. “
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Added actor and stuntman Garry Pastore: “RIP my dear friend, who fought an amazing fight. I will miss you. See you on the other side.”
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